Join the Lived Experience Academy
as a full member 

What can you expect as an Academy member?

At the heart of the Academy is guidance for the advanced part of the Post-Suicidal Growth path:

  • Stage 3 - Reflect: Create a Growth Plan by examining your values and strengths, as well as the past suicidal crisis and what led up to it.
  • Stage 4 - Learn: Discover new coping strategies and life skills to build on the insights learned through reflection.
  • Stage 5 - Grow: Integrate your discoveries into your life and work, and find ways to share your insights and skills with others.

Exclusive content being developed in multiple formats

Short Videos and Longer Tutorials
Audio Summaries and Downloads
Written Summaries to Download and Print

Practical applications for:

  • International research on suicide and behavioral health
  • Resources from Technical Assistance Centers and national organizations

AND new content added each month around a central theme

  • Virtual book club - summary and review for a book-of-the-month recommended to help members grow
  • Compact summaries of related research
  • Creative arts recommendations for expressing or learning
  • Case study or interview(s) about post-suicidal growth
  • Q&A session with Dr. Lezine about post-suicidal growth

Plus a Private Facebook Group

(also called a secret group)

Ready to join the Academy? Click here to skip to the end.  


Or maybe you want to know more about this "Post-Suicidal Growth"? This #PSG.

I know, it's a new term, but I think in a few minutes I can show you what this means.

Maybe you want to know more about me first?

That's a fair request...

I'll provide 2 videos about me (Short version - Case #7 and a Long Version - Who is Dr. Lezine). I'll also provide my bio.

My Bio

I care because I've 'been there.'

When I was a freshman at Brown University I had a suicidal crisis. The pain I felt was so terrible that I attempted suicide. That pain fueled my passion to help others and I became an advocate. I created the first student group focused on college mental health and suicide prevention.

Since 1996, I have worked with many groups to prevent suicide and help people find ways to recover after a suicidal crisis: the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI); EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center; National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC).

I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for suicide prevention advocacy at the 2015 Voice Awards by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 

My Ph.D. in clinical psychology is from UCLA. I worked almost exclusively with clients who were trying to overcome suicidal pain. I wrote my dissertation on the topic. After graduation I completed extra training in public health approaches to suicide prevention at the University of Rochester Center for the Prevention and Study of Suicide.

I wrote Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope over Suicide to share my personal story and help teens get through suicidal crises. Later I wrote 13 Answers for the 13 Reasons Why to help parents talk about mental health topics  with their kids. I was also the primary writer of The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience (Action Alliance) to provide guidance for suicide prevention from the perspective of people who have 'been there.' Finally, as far as I know, my chapter on Suicide Prevention through Personal Experience in the International Handbook of Suicide Prevention was the first discussion of this topic to appear in an academic text.

I'm the Chair of the Attempt Survivor and Lived Experience Division of the American Association of Suicidology, and also the Co-Chair of the Consumer Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Ready to join me on this path toward Post-Suicidal Growth?

You can join the Academy down on the right.

You deserve every possible chance to recover and grow. You are worth it.

To make this path as affordable as possible, at least for this enrollment period you can get in for $20 per month.

Just to let you know, I do have to close this registration period at the end of the week. I'll be focused on helping and supporting Academy members for most of the year, developing new content and refreshing current content. Because that's what I love to spend time on, I can only open enrollment for new people to join the Academy for a short while. Then I get right back to work on helping and supporting our new members.

You can pursue a path of recovery and growth on your own, but you don't have to. You also have the option of joining the Lived Experience Academy at $5 a week, but this enrollment period ends next week.

I'll set a timer to help me remember when to close enrollment and get back to serving Academy members. You can use this clock as well. 


If you try out the Lived Experience Academy and decide for whatever reason that you're not satisfied with your membership, I'll give you a full refund.

Your membership includes:
  • Guidance for your growth plan
  • Exclusive content
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Monthly Practical summaries
  • Monthly Virtual book club
  • Monthly Creative arts
  • Monthly Case study or interview
  • Monthly Q&A with Dr. Lezine

Please note:  

If it feels like this is a Sales Page, it's because it is indeed a Sales Page. I honestly think ithat the Academy Membership at $20 a month is a great value, and I'm even providing open access to content for recovery. Still, there aren't any hard feelings if you decide not to join.

This note is not meant to generate sales. That's why it's here at the bottom and not in a huge font or anything like that. It's just me explaining why I'm doing things this way.

I've spent most of the year developing this Academy. I've traveled to meetings in Canada, Texas, and Florida to learn how to give members an amazing and useful experience. I have spent thousands of dollars and well over 1000 hours developing this project. 

I have no grant or contract funding. It has all been "out of pocket" investment, plus long work nights and time away from family, because I want to offer something positive for people who have lived through a suicidal crisis.

My therapist says that my eyes light up when I talk about the Lived Experience Academy. I'm full of positive energy when I talk about possibly helping others along a growth path. You can likely see that in my videos. I'd love nothing more than to be able to devote all of my time and energy to this mission. Doing this work is a core part of my personal growth journey.

I'm going to keep the Academy going for as long as I can, but without members the sad reality is that I won't be able to continue this work for much longer.

Anyhow, whether it's with me at the Academy, somewhere else, or on your own... I wish you all possible success with your journey towards recovery and growth after a suicidal crisis. Please don't give up on you.

-DeQuincy Lezine

If you ever start feeling like you're heading into a crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255)